First Advisor

Scott Wells

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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil & Environmental Engineering


Civil and Environmental Engineering




Fish bioenergetics, Temperature model, Water quality model, Bull trout, Fishes -- Habitat -- Conservation -- Washington (State) -- Cedar River (King County), Fishes -- Habitat -- Conservation -- Washington (State) -- Chester Morse Lake, Water-supply -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Management, Water quality -- Washington (State) -- Cedar River Watershed (King County)



Physical Description

1 online resource (viii, 139 p.) : col. ill., col. maps


Many communities are currently seeking to balance urban water needs with preservation of sensitive fish habitat. As part of that effort, CE-QUAL-W2, a hydrodynamic and temperature model, was developed for Chester Morse Lake and the lower Cedar River, WA. Chester Morse Lake is approximately 10 km long with a maximum depth at full pool of 40 m. The Cedar River model started immediately downstream of the Chester Morse dam and ended 21 km downstream at Landsburg, where drinking water is diverted for the City of Seattle. This water quality model was coupled with a fish habitat and bioenergetics model for bull trout and was calibrated to temperature data between 2005 and 2008. Bull trout fish bioenergetics parameters were provided by the USGS. The CE-QUAL-W2 model was found to be highly accurate in modeling temperature variation in the lake - at most locations having an average absolute mean error of between 0.5 and 0.8 oC. The Cedar River model had an average absolute mean error of 0.7oC. This tool is designed to allow managers and operators to estimate the impact to fish habitat and growth potential from various management decisions including extent of drawdown, timing/volume of flows, and various pumping operations. Future studies could include incorporating further water quality parameters such as nutrients, algae, and zooplankton as they relate to fish productivity.


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Portland State University. Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering

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